As with many shocking celebrity deaths, conspiracy theories have surrounded the passing of 21-year-old Jarad Anthony Higgins, known professionally as Juice Wrld.
This time, the conspiracies have been particularly popular on the app TikTok, where young fans of the rapper are hypothesizing that he may still be alive.
One of the main coincidences in the theory involves a TikTok trend that reached the height of its popularity a few months before Higgins died after a seizure. In the trend, TikTok users faked seizures to an edited version of Juice Wrld’s song “Lucid Dreams.”
Higgins also tweeted in 2017 that it was his goal to get famous for a few years and then fake his death, fueling the conspiracy. Some TikTok users think the fake seizure trend either predicted or manifested Higgins’ death, which was confirmed to Insider by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Conspiracies that dead celebrities are really alive are nothing new. In the case of 21-year-old Jarad Anthony Higgins, professionally known as Juice Wrld, those theories have sprung up on TikTok and convinced many of his young fans that he could still be alive. Juice Wrld reportedly had a seizure early Sunday morning as his plane was being searched by police in Chicago.
The conspiracy also involves TikTok, because there was a trend on the short video-sharing platform a few months ago to fake a seizure to the Juice Wrld song “Lucid Dreams” before Higgins died after a seizure on December 8. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed to Insider on Sunday that Higgins had died.
The top trending TikTok for the search term “Juice Wrld” is a breakdown of the conspiracy that had almost 3 million likes at the time of publication. The “#juicewrld” tag is full of similar videos.
In the @seamusgarvin video, the user reviews the most viral aspects of the conspiracy.
“I’m not trying to make fun of his death, but it’s crazy how many little things connect here,” he says. The first coincidence is a TikTok trend that peaked in popularity a few months before Higgins’ death.
The sound associated with the trend is the most popular Juice Wrld song, “Lucid Dreams,” with a tech-y static sound edited into it. During the edited part of the sound, the person in the TikTok fakes having a seizure by shaking and letting water fall out of their mouth.
Other coincidences involve the lyrics of other popular Juice Wrld songs. In “All Girls Are the Same,” the rapper says “I’m a jealous boy, really feel like John Lennon.” December 8 was the day Lennon was murdered, the same day Higgins died.
In the song “Legends,” written in memory of Higgins’ friends and fellow rappers XXXTentacion and Lil Peep, Juice Wrld says “What’s the 27 Club? We ain’t making it past 21.” He died six days after turning 21.
The most damning element of the conspiracy, according to @seamusgarvin, is a tweet sent from Juice Wrld’s official Twitter account on April 24, 2017. It says “My goal is to get overly famous, shine for a couple years..then fake my death ⚰️”
The comment sections of the videos seem to be mostly in agreement that Higgins’ death is suspicious. A comment with more than 10,000 likes on the @seamusgarvin video says “I live like 5min from the airport he ‘died’ at, there were no sirens no emergency cars or anything, I was up all night.”
“I may sound crazy here and he very well may be gone and if he is he’s in a better place,” said TikTok user @absorberyt, who posted his own video about the conspiracy and says he doesn’t believe Higgins is dead. “I hope he’s not. I’m just trying to give people hope, trying to give myself hope that he’s fine.”
That video has more than 145,000 likes.
Conspiracies around Higgins’ death seem split into two categories: that he’s still alive and the seizure was a hoax, or that the TikTok seizure meme manifested his death. Similar theories spread after XXXTentacion’s death, but this time, the eerily prescient TikTok meme has seemingly given the conspiracies a credibility boost to young fans.
But The New York Times reports that law enforcement officials were waiting for Higgins’ private plane to land in Chicago early Sunday morning, having received information from a federal task force that drugs and guns were suspected to be on board.
During questioning, Higgins began convulsing, and federal agents administered Narcan – a drug meant to revive those overdosing on opioids. TMZ reports that people on the plane with Higgins say he took several unknown pills before seizing.
The Chicago Fire Department arrived to the airport about seven minutes after Higgins started convulsing, and he was taken a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead at about 3 a.m. An initial autopsy didn’t conclusively determine Higgins’ cause of death, and additional studies will be administered.
No drug charges have been filed yet, but luggage on the plane contained 70 pounds of marijuana in 41 vacuum-sealed bags, along with six bottles of liquid prescription codeine cough syrup and three firearms.